Happy 4th of July America!

Adorable Pets Veterinary Center will be closed on Saturday to celebrate the holiday.


 
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DR. BERNIE'S CORNER
Thanks everyone that came to our client appreciation party. Everyone had a blast! Tom and I, again would like to thank all of our clients for their trust and allowing us to care for their adorable pets.

Happy Tails of Skipper!
Skipper is a nine year old Dachshund.  Skipper suddenly became paralyzed and therefore was unable to walk for a day.  His owner brought Skipper into Adorable Pets Veterinary Center on 4/16/15 for an evaluation. A few years ago, Skipper had lost the ability to use his back legs but acupuncture had helped him recover at that time.

During the comprehensive physical examination, Skipper was a happy guy but he could not move his back legs or tail.  He didn’t display any signs of pain along his spine by yelping, biting, or trying to drag himself away when I palpated his spine. His back legs were paralyzed.  No pain along the spine is cause for me to rule out trauma or a herniated intervertebral disk. 

A possible diagnosis was FCE or Fibrocartilagenous Embolism.  FCE is a disease where a small fragment of the nucleus pulposus of an intervertebral disk breaks off and enters the spinal cord where it travels to a point and creates an occlusion of the blood flow.  The Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine (TCVM) etiology of this disease is the acute onset of Wind or Heat that obstructs Qi and Blood.  This disease typically results from an imbalance in the Liver resulting in Liver Yang rising.

I began to treat Skipper with pain medicine, muscle relaxants, a Chinese Herb called Tian Ma Goug Tang Yin (TMGTY) and electro-acupuncture – every day beginning on 4/16/2015.  TMGTY is an herbal formula that addresses internal Wind and quells Liver Yang rising.  Electro-acupuncture is used to promote blood flow by removing obstructions.

So, I first saw Skipper on 4/16/2015.  When I saw Skipper on 4/17/2016 for his second electro-acupuncture treatment the owner had reported that Skipper had stood at home and had been able to take a few steps.  Amazingly, on 4/18/2015, Skipper WALKED into Adorable Pets Veterinary Center on his own!  He was uncoordinated but he was walking!  On 4/23/15 – the day of his last treatment, Skipper briskly walked into Adorable Pets Veterinary Center wagging his tail! 

At Adorable Pets Veterinary Center, I practice integrative veterinary medicine. The Chinese herb and the electro-acupuncture significantly improved Skipper’s ability to heal and regain functionality of his back legs and tail.
 
Test Your Food Knowledge with this True or False Challenge!
 
  1. The Association of American Feed Control Officials (AAFCO) defines and regulates the term “natural” for pet food and animal feed.
True or False
  1. All the terms: organic, natural and holistic are terms established by the same federal agencies that establish guidelines for what these terms mean with respect to food meant for people.
True or False
  1. The one term on dog food that is governed by law is “natural”.
True or False
  1.  â€œNatural” means a feed or ingredient derived solely from plant, animal or mined sources that have not been produced by a chemically synthetic process.
True or False
  1.  â€œNatural” means that chemically synthesized vitamins, minerals and other trace nutrients are acceptable.
True or False
  1.  â€œOrganic” refers to the way a crop or animal is grown and handled.
True or False
  1. The USDA, as the regulating body for defining organic, makes no claim that organically produced food is safer or more nutritious than conventionally produced food.
True or False
  1. All pet foods labeled organic contain only organic ingredients.
True or False
  1. The term “holistic” as it refers to pet food is not defined or regulated by any regulatory body.
True or False

  10. Only pet foods with the official USDA seal (below) must contain at least 95% organic ingredients.     
              
True or False
 
 
How did you do on this food challenge? 8 to 10 correct is great, 5 to 7 correct is fair, 0 to 4 is not so good. If you’d like to ask Dr. Bernie any specific questions about your pet, please call her at 860-554-5588.
 
Answers: 1.T, 2.F, 3.T, 4.T, 5.T, 6.T, 7.T, 8.F, 9.T, 10.T
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